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  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
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To Be Where You Are

By: Jan Karon
Narrated by: John McDonough
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Summary

A New York Times Best Seller

Number one New York Times best-selling author Jan Karon returns with the 14th novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs. Wounds heal, bonds grow stronger, and celebrations continue.... Welcome back to beloved Mitford. 

After 12 years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.

Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it's life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who's still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J.C. Hogan's desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork-chop marinade?

In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees.

Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life - with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley's biological family begins to heal because of a game - let's just call it a miracle - that breaks all the rules.

In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that listeners around the world now love like kin.

©2017 Jan Karon (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Jan Karon says her goal is to give readers a safe place to go with her novels of Mitford, ‘the town that takes care of its own.’ She delivers on that promise...terrific.” (The Richmond Times Dispatch)

“Jan Karon never disappoints...[she] satiates her fans’ craving for more Mitford with these stories of grace and compassion, all told with a dose of humor and humility.” (Bookpage)

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  • Sara
  • 30-09-17

Only For The Strong And Persistent

I had such high expectations for this title and I stuck with almost 18 hours of listening doggedly hoping it would perk up. No such luck. This book floats over Mitford randomly dropping in on characters from past books. Sometimes it's just to tick the box on certain people and other times it is for a longer look at how they have fared with time.

For the most part this final entry in the series is for diehard Mitford fans that are feeling really hopeful and strong. Overall I thought it all felt unrealistic and dare I say it--even a bit depressed? I wish I had given this a pass. Disappointing.

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  • roberta
  • 06-01-20

Wisdom

I began reading Jan Karin books right around 20 years ago.. At the time I was a healthy, active and a new Chrisitan. Mitford and all the souls in it have helped me through the years strengthened my faith in the simple wisdom that God loves me. I did not earn it because His nature is love. These books have made me a better person, a kinder person a more living person. now at 72 and into my 5th year of fighting Stage 4 cancer I rely more than ever on the wisdom and peace I get from them.

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  • Renee
  • 06-08-18

Best Series & Narrator Ever!

If you have not journeyed to Mitford before, this is not the place to begin. But if you’re like me and you have Mitford in your heart, this book allows us to hang onto the magic just a little bit longer.

The people who inhabit Mitford come with baggage. They all, even the children, have real problems—abuse, abandonment, rejection, betrayal, loneliness—to overcome. They are just as flawed, fearful, and far from perfection as we are. But what makes Mitford magical is that we get to pull up a porch swing for an inside view of the characters’ hearts as God’s love fills voids, erodes barriers, and helps folks bring out the best in each other. I’m always amazed at how Jan Karon’s simple style produces such rich character portraits that I feel like I know these fictional folks. ❤️

I especially love listening to the Audible books because for me, narrator John McDonough IS Father Tim! He brings all the other characters—especially my new favorite Jack Tyler—to life as well.

Visiting Mitford inspires me to cherish the small stuff, to find beauty in daily life, and to make time for people.

As my favorite quote from this book reminds: “Now is always a good time.”

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  • quilter
  • 03-07-19

Quilter42

Absolutely love this Series! John McDonough is a great narrator. He makes you feel like you’re living Mitford! Sad that this is the last book of the series.

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  • Fay
  • 15-06-20

Leaves you wanting more...

I absolutely love this series. It is funny, compassionate, and many little life lessons are learned on the journey of each character in the series. I wish there the series would continue, but I understand. I am going to miss them.

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  • sharon eggleston
  • 16-11-19

Loved it!

I absolutely love the Jan Karon Mitford series! I highly recommend this series to anyone wanting an uplifting, true to life read.

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  • Kim Kelly
  • 29-08-22

This series is like a salve to my heart.

I return to this series again and again. I listen to these books before sleep and if I wake. John McDonough continues to be excellent and is part of what makes this series so lovely to listen to. Karon never shies away from life's difficulties with all the characters - heartache, depression, disappointment, jealously, grief, and forgiveness. I appreciate the vulnerability of Father Tim's character too. They have become friends through the years and I consider them a gift.

Initially I wasn't sure I was as interested in the life of Dooley and Lace and Jack's character was never entirely explained but again, Karon weaves in the lives of all our favorite characters with a depth that makes the entirely story compelling. Father Tim and Cynthia are still central to this book, however, and their story continues to be tender and heartfelt.

The 17 hours only makes this book a gift and in the event it is her last in the series I am thankful for it.

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  • Perry Mason
  • 01-10-20

To Be Where You Are

Karon never disappoints. How I love Mitford, and I’m so grateful Karon allowed Mitford into our lives. When introduced to Mitford many years ago I had just been confirmed into the Episcopal Church. Ironically I grew up in Northwestern NC and could picture this setting in Banner Elk NC. Thank you Jan Karon .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-01-22

The very best of books my favorite author!!!!!!

I have read everyone of the series. loved loved loved them all. this one really tugged at my heart strings. loved the Mirrors serie😋😂😍😇😀

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  • Laura Ann Strick
  • 23-04-18

Hard to follow

What disappointed you about To Be Where You Are?

i loved reading the early Mitford series. But found listening to this book hard to follow and the narrator poor.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jan Karon again?

If someone else narrated it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His delivery was to fast and not right for the story

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